Coach Brady Hoke fired at Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (AP) — Brady Hoke is out after four years at Michigan.
Interim athletic director Jim Hackett made the announcement Tuesday after weeks of speculation about Hoke’s future.
“I wanted to make sure that Brady received adequate time to exhibit the results that would come from his effort and I believe that Brady and our coaching staff had enough time to produce those results and unfortunately they are not there,” said Hackett, who took over as AD last month. “In the end, I feel that moving in a different direction is the right decision.”
Hoke did not return a message left seeking comment. In a statement provided by the school, he thanked his players and said he would miss them.
Hired after the tumultuous tenure of Rich Rodriguez, Hoke was supposed to help Michigan regain its place among college football’s elite, and his familiarity with the program’s culture and tradition made the initial transition a successful one.
But after going to the Sugar Bowl in Hoke’s first season, the Wolverines slowly slipped back into mediocrity and are not even among the top teams in the Big Ten. Hoke was 31-20 as the Wolverines’ coach after the team floundered to a 5-7 record this season and missed out on bowl eligibility along with Big Ten also-rans Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern. He was just 18-14 against conference foes.
AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this story.